My Votes for the Women's Hall of Fame
As Melissa Castello wrote about earlier in the week, the Women's Poker Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for membership. Fans get to vote this year on who they think should be in. The criteria for voting are below:
Eligible Candidates for Induction â Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:
A. A candidate must have been active as a player or industry leader for a minimum of 15 years prior to election. (January 1994 to present, is the minimum amount of time.)
B. Player/industry leader must have contributed to the world of poker in some significant way. This person can qualify by either winning major poker tournaments, or by making significant contributions to the industry of poker.
C. Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women's poker. Even is she does not play in women's events, she must support them.
As I did with the WSOP Tournament of Champions voting, I thought I would share with you my three nominations.
#1. Kathy Liebert
Kathy has won over $5.7 Million in poker tournaments since 1994. She won a bracelet in 2004 in the Limit Holdem Shootout and has seven WPT final tables. Finished 2nd in 2009 at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. She also took down the Party Poker Million in 2002 for a cool $1 Million. Considered by many to be the best female Holdem tourney player ever.
#2. Nani Dollison
Nani Dollison easily is a proponent of women's poker. She is tied with Barbara Enright for the most bracelets for a woman with three. Two of those bracelets are in the Women's Championship at the WSOP. She won back to back titles in 2000 and 2001. She won multiple bracelets in 2001 when she won an open bracelet in the $2,000 Limit Holdem Event.
#3. Maria Stern
Some of you will look at this and go, who? Maria Stern is the wife of Dr. Max Stern, a multi-time WSOP bracelet winner. While the amount of money won may not be as impressive as some of her peers, Maria has been a part of the poker scene since the early 90's. She won a WSOP bracelet in 1997 in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. That year, he husband won a bracelet as well, making them the only husband and wife team to win a WSOP bracelet in the same year. Maria also has three final tables in the Women's Event at the WSOP. Her best finish in the event was in 2002 when she finished 3rd. She also has one final table on the Latin America Poker Tour, finishing 8th in the San Jose LAPT event in 2008.
Now some of you may wonder why I did not vote for players such as Annie Duke or Jennifer Harman when they have more than the pedigree for the Women's Hall of Fame. Well, it comes down to the criteria of the play supporting women's events. Neither player plays or really supports women's events. Annie is very vocal in her displeasure over the events, thinking that poker should be on equal footing throughout. (Which I agree with.)
If there is anyone that you think that I should have voted for in place of the three above, tell me. I feel Kathy should be a lock for the Hall this year. Nani maybe. Maria probably won't get as many votes, but you never know.